Magpies Dump Ten Man Pompey Out Of Cup

Last updated : 04 November 2012 By Jim Bonner

Apologies for the late report but for those who didn't go to the game yesterday and have heard about the performance, yes, it was really that bad.

The first half was a poor affair with both teams giving the ball away cheaply and struggling to create any real chances. Both sides hit the crossbar as Yoann Arquin scuffed Jamal Campbell-Ryce's cross and Izale McLeod outjumped Bartosz Bialkowski to head Akos Buzsaky's cross onto the bar.

Other than that, a long shot from Lubomir Michalik that narrowly sailed over the bar was the best Pompey could muster before going behind on the stroke of half-time.

Campbell-Ryce has been giving Pompey's defence plenty of problems and his cross found an unmarked Francois Zoko after a terrible clearance from Brian Howard following some terrible defending.

Unfortunately, Pompey did not come flying out of the traps in the second half as the Magpies dominated the second half and doubled their lead when an unmarked Arquin headed in Campbell-Ryce's cross.

The big talking point of the game came when Scott Allan was sent off for going straight through the back of Andre Boucaud. Despite getting booked earlier for a foul, this was a straight red card and the West Brom loanee will now miss the next three matches.

Of course, it has since been reported that Allan was involved in an incident that involved him hitting a pedestrian in his car the night before, although he was not arrested and won't be charged.

The pedestrian now lies critically ill in hospital and the incident would surely have played on Allan's mind. In hindsight, it is easy to say he shouldn't have played.

That red card sparked some fiesty scenes on the touchline as Ashley Westwood was sent from the stands after attacking Jamal Campbell-Ryce, who was also booked for his part in the fracas.

Whilst I won't condone the actions of the Pompey coaching team, I can understand their frustrations given that a Notts County player should have been sent off by referee Darren Sheldrake for a second yellow card just moments before Allan was dismissed.

There was a feeling that Sheldrake was inconsistent at best, refusing to book County players yet booking Pompey players for the same offence.

That's not to say that it was the referee's fault that Pompey lost as this was a dreadful performance from all involved and Michael Appleton will have to spend some time picking the bones from the rotting carcass that was Pompey's FA Cup run.

He could start by strongly consider dropping Howard. The midfield looked good on Monday at Sheffield United without him and he seems to think he is better than he actually is because he tries to do too much and has not lived up to his billing.

Some of the other players have not been playing up to the standard expected of them. Perhaps they thought they could take it easy because Appleton made it clear that the cup wasn't a priority. Try telling that to the 7,000 fans who paid to watch that tripe.

The only positive is that Pompey won't have long to wait to put things right with a huge game at home to Brentford on Tuesday.

Pompey Player Ratings

Simon Eastwood: 6 - Did nothing wrong.

Mustapha Dumbuya: 5 - Left defence exposed.

Lubomir Michalik: 5 - Given the runaround.

Gabor Gyepes: 6 - Best defender on the day, which isn't saying much.

Adam Webster: 5 - Given a roasting by Campbell-Ryce.

Akos Buzsaky: 5 - Poor set-pieces, more effective in the centre.

Brian Howard: 4 - Tried to do far too much.

Johnny Ertl: 4 - Barely in the game.

Scott Allan: 4 - Lost his head after a poor performance.

Luke Rodgers: 5 - Out of sync with the rest of the team.

Izale McLeod: 5 - Got little service.


Josh Thompson

Jon Harley (Buzsaky 86): N/A - Pointless substitution.

Darel Russell

Jack Compton (Ertl 59): 5 - No impact.

Liam Walker (Howard 86): N/A - Given no time.